Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming went off on a CNN host on Tuesday and told her to “leave people alone and go find some new work!”
During an incredibly awkward and heated interview on CNN’s “New Day,” host Alisyn Camerota asked Simpson about a letter that he and 43 other former Senators signed in support of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The segment was apparently supposed to be about the letter and civility, but things got tense when Camerota asked Simpson about comments from Sen. Orrin Hatch.
Hatch, the outgoing Republican Senator from Utah, said he “didn’t care” about allegations that Trump was involved in campaign finance violations during the 2016 presidential election.
“Oh, I don’t want to get into that kind of stuff,” Simpson said. “I can tell you one thing that would solve everything. Now, you want to hear this: Every U.S. Senator who goes to the Judiciary Committee should have a full FBI investigation from birth until they go on the committee. That’ll take care of a lot of this crap.”
“How would that take of what we’ve seen happen with Donald Trump?” Camerota asked.
“Because you don’t go back into the life beyond,” Simpson said. “Hell, when I was 18, I was on Federal probation for shooting mailboxes. I fought a cop. I got thrown in the clink a night…Whatever happened to the mote in the eye of all these guys who are always b*tching, whining, moaning. They want a piece of everybody.”
Simpson added, “If you want to pick old scabs, you better pick a new guy to go on the show.”
When Camerota asked for clarification, Simpson let her have it.
“Now I have to watch a movie on Gary Hart!” Simpson said. “If that ain’t picking an old scab, you tell me what it is.”
“Why don’t you leave people alone and go find some new work?” he fired back.
Simpson absolutely unloading on Camerota came after federal prosecutors filed memos in the Southern District of New York.
The memos state that Michael Cohen, the president’s former attorney, admitted to lying to Congress about his contacts with Russia and provided information about allegations that Trump may have directed he $130,000 payment that was given to adult film star Stormy Daniels in Oct. 2016.
Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump over a decade ago, was reportedly paid as part of a nondisclosure agreement that she signed.
Despite the court filings portraying Cohen as nothing more than a pathological liar, Camerota appeared to be implying that Cohen is credible.
CNN may think twice before asking Simpson back on, especially given the fact that he clearly won’t hesitate to offer his candid opinions.